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Music (1992-2019)

In various live experimental/industrial bands from 1992. I was a singer at one point, while I studied film at the University of Westminster (92-95) & played many gigs across London as a member of 3 piece group 'lo-tec'. Focused on visceral, unpredictable live performances, gigs included Love Ranch, The Robey, Garage, Monarch etc.

In 1996 I focused more on solo, melodic electronic music where I could buy cheap synth/recording gear (before the technology became affordable), and I was earning more money in my film VFX work. Between 2001-2006, alongside my film work, I took some time to record and release my own, solo electronic music.

 

Assembling and layering microscopic samples - including train sounds I recorded between Clapham Junction and Soho -  I recorded my debut album 'Dreaming in Pairs' in 2001/02 and released this as 'vessel' through Benge's (Ben Edwards') Expanding Records in 2002 (see expanding website here).

 

I continued to record and perform music as vessel between 2002-2006 on Expanding (2 albums, 7" and comps), Cactus Island (3" CD EP) and my own, self pressed lp, Pictureland and Pet Shop Boys Back to Mine in 2005. I loved hearing my own music on John Peel's Radio 1 show & Mary Anne Hobbs' 'Breezeblock' & getting a wider audience. Although my music wasn't aiming to be 'live' (I'm not music-trained), I performed many live gigs, usually live remixing versions of my tracks accompanied by my own visuals for a more immersive cinematic experience, which suited my other film-based work.

Solo live gigs as vessel included:

Monkey Chews, Camden (2002)

13th Note Club, Glasgow (2003/05)

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin (26/10/02)

Thomas House, Dublin (28/10/02)

Batofar, Paris

Versus Electronics, Sala Apolo, Barcelona (16/06/02)

The Social (Chris Coco Balearic night), London

Phonica, London

Café 1001, Brick Lane

Big Chill House (06/09/06)

Official Album & EP releases as Vessel

www.pictureland.org for latest music / to buy

Title: Back to Mine - Pet Shop Boys

Artist: Vessel (Gavin Toomey)

Track: Tiny

Label: DMC - BACKCD20

Format: 2xCD, Comp, Mixed

Country: UK

Released: 2005

Genre: ElectronicPopClassical

Title: Resist

Artist: Vessel (Gavin Toomey)

Label: Expanding Records ‎– eva13:05 & ecd21:05

Format: CD  & Vinyl, LP, Album 

Country: UK

Released: 2005

Genre: Electronic

Style: IDMAmbient

Title: Dreaming in Pairs

Artist: Vessel

Label: Expanding Records ‎– ecd10:02 & eva2:02

Format: CD  & Vinyl, LP, Album 

Country: UK

Released: 2002

Genre: Electronic

Style: IDMAmbient

Title: Fold

Artist: Vessel

Label: Expanding Records ‎– evs2:03

Format: Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Blue Clear

Country: UK

Released: 2003

Genre: Electronic

Style: IDMAmbient

Title: South

Artist: Vessel

Label: Cactus Island Recordings ‎– CACT 005

Format: CDr, Mini, Limited to 100 Copies

Country: UK

Released: 2004

Genre: Electronic

Style: LeftfieldIDM

Title: Pictureland

Artist: Vessel

Label: Pictureland Records ‎– PLAND 01

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited 500 Copies

Country: UK

Released: 2006

Genre: Electronic

Style: IDMAmbient

I still enjoy recording electronic music, around making my films (see other links above in the Music Tab). These days I tend to often compose original music for my own films and installation/projection work. I think music has always gone 'hand in hand' with my film work...  

Music for Film / TV

This selection represents only 2008-2011 

Music releases/installations 2006-2019

Title: Phosphorate (A Song For DIL23)

Artist: Gavin Toomey

Label: Pictureland

Format: Digital

Country: UK

Released: 2018

Genre: Electronic,

http://pictureland.org/track/phosphorate-a-song-for-dil23

Title: Retreat EP

Artist: Gavin Toomey

Label: Pictureland

Format: Digital

Country: UK

Released: 2017

Genre: Electronic,

https://soundcloud.com/gavin-toomey/sets/retreat-ep

Title: Voyager

Music artist: Gavin Toomey

1 of 4 immersive sound pieces I composed that were placed around and under Greyfriars Tower, a 13th Century Franciscan Monastery in King's Lynn, Norfolk 'for 3 days only', from Friday 29th September to 2nd October 2017 as part a 'Collusion' Interdisciplinary Art/Tech projection R&D project. 


More info here: beautifultrain.com/collusion

Title: Gate / Fault EP

Artist: Gavin Toomey

Label: Pictureland

Format: Digital

Country: UK

Released: 2015

Genre: Electronic,

https://pictureland.org/album/gate-fault

Title: Thread EP

Artist: Gavin Toomey

Label: Pictureland

Format: Digital

Country: UK

Released: 2014

Genre: Electronic,

pictureland.org/album/thread

Title: Boxer / Brawler EP

Artist: Gavin Toomey

Label: Pictureland

Format: Digital

Country: UK

Released: 2014

Genre: Electronic,

https://pictureland.org/album/boxer-brawler

Title: Thread EP

Artist: Gavin Toomey

Label: Pictureland

Format: Digital

Country: UK

Released: 2014

Genre: Electronic,

pictureland.org/album/thread

Title: Third Circuit EP

Artist: Gavin Toomey

Label: Pictureland

Format: Digital

Country: UK

Released: 2015

Genre: Electronic,

https://pictureland.org/album/third-circuit